New Arrivals · Poetry

January 31, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Station zed : poems

January 30, 2015
Sleigh, Tom, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2015]
113 pages ; 23 cm
Station Zed is the terminal outpost beyond which is the unknown. It is also the poet Tom Sleigh's finest work. In this latest collection, Sleigh brings to these poems his experiences as a journalist on tours of Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, and Libya. But these are also dispatches from places of grief, history, and poetic traditions as varied as Scottish ballads and the journeys of Bashō.

Barely composed : poems

January 28, 2015
Fulton, Alice, 1952-
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
viii, 94 pages ; 22 cm

A stranger's mirror : new and selected poems, 1994/2014

January 23, 2015
Hacker, Marilyn, 1942-
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
xiv, 288 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.

Dear father : breaking the cycle of pain

January 21, 2015
Ivy, J., 1976- author.
New York ; Hillsboro, Oregon : Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2015.
xviii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Grammy Award-winning artist and poet J. Ivy bares his soul in this inspirational memoir of pain transformed into healing and empowerment. Known as "hip-hop's favorite poet," J. Ivy is a true pioneer and trendsetter who has bridged the worlds of hip-hop and performance poetry through his appearances on HBO's Def Poetry and his collaboration with Kanye West and Jay-Z. But throughout his success, he carried with him the pain of being abandoned by his father and growing up in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side. So he sat down with pen and paper and processed his pain the only way he knew how--through poetry. The resulting poem, Dear Father, became his vehicle of forgiveness and healing. It is a pivotal poem that has touched and inspired the lives of millions. Fused with his signature raw lyricism and street consciousness, J. Ivy's memoir shows what it takes to deal with your emotions before your emotions deal with you. His story is personal yet universal, and will inspire others to channel whatever pain they have experienced into their own powerful gift of expression"-- Provided by publisher.

Trespass : poems

January 20, 2015
Dooley, Thomas, author.
©2014
ix, 67 pages ; 23 cm
"National poetry series selected by Charlie Smith"--Cover.

Eros is more

January 20, 2015
González Iglesias, Juan Antonio, author.
Farmington, Maine : Alice James Books, [2014]
xvi, 83 pages ; 22 cm
"Bauer's Spanish to English translations empower the spirit of Eros Is More, highlighting Gonzalez-Iglesias' playfulness and position as agent provocateur. These poems immerse the Classical within modern, urban landscapes, and redefines our interconnectedness across the ages. Language, love, and faith are central performers. Bauer masterfully emboldens them within these wise, compassionate translations. These poems wash us in fierce, unwavering love"-- Provided by publisher.

Underground : new and selected poems

January 20, 2015
Moore, James, 1943- author.
©2014
275 pages ; 23 cm
From The new body (1975) -- from The freedom of history (1988) -- from The long experience of love (1995) -- from Writing with Tagore: homages and variations (2003) -- from Lightning at dinner (2005) -- from Invisible strings (2011) -- Twenty questions: new poems (2014).
Jim Moore's first career retrospective shows a poet whittling down experience to its essential confrontation with one's own limitations, whether it be time running short, or understanding running thin, or capacity to think or feel or love enough running low. Underground gathers the best poems from Moore's seven previous books and includes twenty new poems.

Terrapin and other poems

January 16, 2015
Berry, Wendell, 1934- author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2014]
48 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Tom Pohrt spent years gathering those poems of Wendell Berry's he imagined children might read and appreciate, making sketches to accompany his selection. Over the past several years a dialogue has evolved in which the poet has come to advise the illustrator on the natural history of the animals and plants seen so intimately in the poems ... The resulting volume of twenty-one poems includes dozens of watercolors in what amounts to a visual meditation on the poem they work to illustrate"--Dust jacket flap.

Swim your way back

January 14, 2015
George, Karen, author.
©2014
xii, 81 pages ; 23 cm
Poems.

Farewellia a la Aralee : his suite of poems after her, delivered at the Aralee Strange Tribute, Northside Tavern, Cincinnati, 15 Sept 2013 ...

January 14, 2015
La Charity, Ralph, author.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press Inc., 2014.
iii, 53 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (18 min. : digital ; 4 3/4 in)
Poems.

From both sides : (a look into the world of foster care from those who know it best)

January 12, 2015
Russell, Maranda, author.
©2013
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm

Not afraid to be real : a poetry collection

January 12, 2015
Russell, Maranda.
Milwaukee, WI : Mirror Publishing, c2012.
61 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
More than just a poetry collection, "Not Afraid to Be Real" is a raw, honest, down-to-earth look at what it is like to be human. Within these pages you will find poems representing a wide variety of subjects, including the ups and downs of romantic love, the everyday frustrations we all face and the overwhelming grief felt by those who have lost a loved one. Of course, there are some lighter, more humorous poems to lighten the mood as well, so go ahead and dive in!

Starve the vulture : a memoir

January 9, 2015
Carney, Jason, author.
©2015.
286 pages ; 21 cm.
A lyrical, mesmerizing debut from Jason Carney who overcomes his own racism, homophobia, drug addiction, and harrowing brushes with death to find redemption and unlikely fame on the national performance poetry circuit. Woven into Carney's path to recovery is a powerful family story, depicting the roots of prejudice and dysfunction through several generations. Publisher.

The widows' handbook : poetic reflections on grief and survival

December 26, 2014
Kent, Ohio : The Kent State University Press, [2014]
xx, 335 pages ; 24 cm.
Bereft, mourning -- Memories, ghosts, dreams -- Coping (more or less) -- A diffferent life.
This is an anthology of poems by contemporary widows, many of whom have written their way out of solitude and despair, distilling their strongest feelings into poetry or memoir. This collection celebrates the strategies widows learn and the resources they muster to deal with people, living space, possessions, social life, and especially themselves, once shock has turned to the realization that nothing will ever be the same. As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says in her foreword, losing one's partner is "a loss like no other." The poems come from 87 American women of all ages, legally married or not, straight and gay, whose partners or spouses have died. Some of the poets are already published widely, including more than a dozen prizewinners, four Pushcart nominees, and two regional poets laureate. Others are not as well known, and some appear in print for the first time here. With courage and wry humor, these women encounter insidious depression, poignant memories, bureaucratic nonsense, unfamiliar hardware, well-intentioned but thoughtless remarks, demanding work, spiritual revelation, and unexpected lust, navigating new relationships in the uncertain legacy of sexual liberation. They write frankly about being paralyzed and about going forward. Their poems are honest, beautiful, and accessible. Only poetry can speak such difficult truths and incite such intense empathy. While both men and women understand the bewilderment, solitude, and change of status thrust upon the widowed, women suffer a particular social demotion and isolation. Anyone who has lost a loved one or is involved in helping the bereaved will be able to relate to the experiences conveyed here. -- From back cover.

Young Ovid : an unfinished biography

December 17, 2014
Middlebrook, Diane Wood, 1939-2007, author.
©2014.
190 pages ; 24 cm

Ezra Pound : poet : a portrait of the man and his work

December 15, 2014
Moody, Anthony David.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007-
v. : ill. ; 25 cm.
v. 1. The young genius, 1885-1920 -- v. 2. The epic years, 1921-1939

Malanga chasing Vallejo : selected poems

December 12, 2014
Vallejo, César, 1892-1938, author.
New York City : Three Rooms Press, [2014]
xiv, 257 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Dylan Thomas : a centenary celebration

December 9, 2014
London : Bloomsbury, 2014.
x, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), map ; 24 cm
"A Continuum book".
"Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration is a collection of specially commissioned essays celebrating the poet's life and work, and exploring his lasting legacy. Edited by his granddaughter, Hannah Ellis, the book is arranged thematically and includes a wealth of material: essays from noted biographers such as David Thomas and Clive Woosnam explore Thomas's lasting legacy both at home and abroad, and Welsh poet laurete Gillian Clark reflects on the impact of the seminal "play for voices," Under Milk Wood. The book also includes essays by poet Owen Shears and BBC Radio 6 presenter Cerys Matthews, as well as numerous testimonies and poems from the likes of former president Jimmy Carter, Phillip Pullman, and actor Michael Sheen."--Jacket.

"Literchoor Is My Beat" : a Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions

December 9, 2014
MacNiven, Ian S.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
viii, 584 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A biography--thoughtful and playful--of the man who founded New Directions and transformed American publishing James Laughlin--a poet, publisher, world-class skier--was the man behind some of the most daring, revolutionary works in verse and prose of the twentieth century. As the founder of New Directions, he published Ezra Pound's The Cantos and William Carlos Williams's Paterson; he brought Herman Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges to an American audience. Throughout his life, this tall, charismatic intellectual, athlete, and entrepreneur preferred to stay hidden. But no longer--in "Literchoor is My Beat": James Laughlin and New Directions, Ian S. MacNiven has given us a sensitive and revealing portrait of this visionary and the understory of the last century of American letters. Laughlin--or J, as MacNiven calls him--emerges as an impressive and complex figure: energetic, idealistic, and hardworking, but also plagued by doubts--not about his ability to identify and nurture talent, but about his own worth as a writer. Haunted by his father's struggles with bipolar disorder, J threw himself into a flurry of activity, pulling together the first New Directions anthology before he'd graduated from Harvard and purchasing and managing a ski resort in Utah. MacNiven's portrait is comprehensive and vital, spiced with Ezra Pound's eccentric letters, J's romantic foibles, and anecdotes from a seat-of-your-pants era of publishing now gone by. A story about the struggle to publish only the best, it is itself an example of literary biography at its finest"-- Provided by publisher.

The best American poetry.

December 8, 2014
New York, N.Y. : Collier Books,
v. ; 22 cm.
Imprint varies: 1999-<2014> published by Scribner Poetry.

The poem she didn't write and other poems

December 4, 2014
Davis, Olena Kalytiak.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2014]
x, 107 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
""There is an eerie precision to her work-like the delicate discernment of a brain surgeon's scalpel-that renders each moment in both its absolute clarity and ultimate transitory fragility."-Rita Dove"Olena Kalytiak Davis's poems find evidence of the spirit everywhere, in laundromats, in parking lots and frozen landscapes, in the panic of birds."-Dean YoungIn her first full collection in a decade, Olena Kalytiak Davis revivifies language and makes love offerings to her beloved reader. With a heightened post-confessional directness, she addresses lost love, sexual violence, and the confrontations of aging. In her characteristic syntactical play, sly slips of meaning, and all-out feminism, Davis hyperconsciously erases the rulebook in this memorable collection.From "The Poem She Didn't Write":began when she stoppedbegan in winter and, like everything else, at first, just waited for spring in spring noticed there were lilac branches, but no desire, no need to talk to any angel, to say: sky, dooryard, when summer arrived there was more, but not much nothing really worth noting and then it was winter again-nothing had changed: sky, dooryard, white, frozen was the lake and the lagoon, some froze the ocean (now you erase that) (you cross that out) and so on and so forth. Olena Kalyiak Davis is a first-generation Ukrainian American who was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Educated at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan Law School, and Vermont College, she is the author of three books of poetry. She currently works as a lawyer in Anchorage, Alaska. "-- Provided by publisher.

Why Homer matters

December 4, 2014
Nicolson, Adam, 1957-
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
xii, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"A John Macrae book."
Meeting Homer -- Grasping Homer -- Loving Homer -- Seeking Homer -- Finding Homer -- Homer the strange -- Homer the real -- The metal hero -- Homer on the steppes -- The gang and the city -- Homer's mirror -- Homer's Odyssey -- The bright wake.
"In this passionate, deeply personal book, Adam Nicolson explains why Homer matters-- to him, to you, to the world--in a text full of twists, turns and surprises. In a spectacular journey through mythical and modern landscapes, Adam Nicholson explores the places forever haunted by their Homeric heroes. From Sicily, awash with wildflowers shadowed by Italy's largest oil refinery, to Ithaca, southern Spain, and the mountains on the edges of Andalusia and Extremadura, to the deserted, irradiated steppes of Chernobyl, where Homeric warriors still lie under the tumuli, unexcavated. This is a world of springs and drought, seas and cities, with not a tourist in sight. And all sewn together by the poems themselves and their great metaphors of life and suffering. Showing us the real roots of Homeric consciousness, the physical environment that fills the gaps between the words of the poems themselves, Nicholson's is itself a Homeric journey. A wandering meditation on lost worlds, our interconnectedness with our ancestors, and the surroundings we share. This is the original meeting of place and mind, our empathy with the past, our landscape as our drama. Following the acclaimed Gentry, which established him as one of the great landscape writers working today, Nicholson takes Homer's poems back to their source: beneath the distant, god-inhabited mountains, on the Trojan plains above the graves of the heroic dead, we find afresh the foundation level of human experience on Earth"-- Provided by publisher.

Everytime a knot is undone, a god is released : collected and new poems, 1974 - 2011

December 4, 2014
Chase-Riboud, Barbara.
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2014]
397 pages ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.

Broken cup : poems

December 4, 2014
Gibson, Margaret, 1944- author.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2014]
ix, 77 pages ; 24 cm
"LSU Press Paperback Original" -- t.p. verso

A momentary glory : last poems

December 4, 2014
Shapiro, Harvey, 1924-2013, author.
Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, [2014]
xiv, 99 pages ; 21 cm.
The old man has one thought and then another -- For William Carlos Williams -- Reznikoff -- Oppen -- "It may have been..." -- "When I asked Wallace Stevens..." -- The people's poet -- On a rejection note from Paul Muldoon -- Homage -- Lines (1) -- Now I write -- On my book -- Writing -- "I wrote two poems in my sleep..." -- The poem -- During the Second World War -- Memorial Day -- An American life -- Discourse on education -- Foggia, Italy -- The old war -- Song -- The transaction -- Alexandra -- Lydia -- Cynthia -- King Kong's Wong -- Nightpiece -- "Drear, bleared and boiled..." -- A story -- Brief lives -- Brooklyn -- To the Brooklyn Academy of Music -- Lines (2) -- 7th Avenue IRT -- Times Square -- In the city -- Praise for -- The keys -- Key West -- Florida -- Real estate -- Deer -- Suburban note -- Rockport -- Paris -- In Prague -- Questions -- Green -- Mozart poem -- World -- In the beginning -- Dan, age 10, explains -- Bush poem -- Hot summer -- "A bird in the tree..." -- Birds 60 -- "Like a boy again..." -- Remembering -- Friday -- Book group -- "I am in a warm room..." -- The distance -- Rabbi Nachman's parable -- For Adin -- Dejection -- The mother of invention -- Planning -- Honestly -- "Where was the wisdom..." -- Drums -- In argument -- The old Jew -- Lines (3) -- Departures -- 2007 -- The office -- In the office -- Hospital poem -- Self-pity -- Lines (4) -- Luxury of time -- "The piece of myself..." -- Pardoned -- City poem -- Poetics -- For Galen -- Bright winter -- A momentary glory -- Psalm.

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